Blowing up the selfie camera out of proportion started off as a marketing strategy, but since over the years the formula has struck gold, OEMs have genuinely focused to improve all aspects of these ‘Selfie Phones’ thus leading to a genuinely enhanced experience.
The Vivo V7 (first impression) retains the key V-series strengths while adding a lot of new trendy hardware and software features. But is it the best selfie phone you can buy under 20,000 INR? Let’s try and answer that in our Vivo V7 FAQ.
Vivo V7 Specifications
|Display||5.7-Inch HD+IPS Display, Gorilla Glass 3, 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass|
|Processor||Qualcomm’s 14nm based 1.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 450|
|Internal Storage||32GB, expandable up to 256GB(dedicated slot)|
|Software||Android 7.1 Nougat, with Funtouch OS 3.2|
|Primary Camera||16MP with LED flash, f/2.0 aperture|
|Secondary Camera||24MP, with Softselfie flash, improved Beautify mode, and f/2.0 aperture|
|Dimensions||149.3 x 72.8 x 7.9mm, 139Grams|
|Others||4G VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, 3.5mm Audio Jack, micro USB 2.0, Fingerprint Sensor, Hi-Fi AK436A Audio|
Vivo V7 Look and Feel
Question: How is the Vivo V7 design?
Answer: The Vivo V7 design is inspired by its elder sibling. It’s not only neat, compact and comfortable in hands but is also appealing to the eyes. Following the latest trend, the Vivo V7 is armed with an 18:9 display which extremely narrow bezels on the sides. Despite featuring 5.7-inch display it is as pocketable as a 5.5-inch (or smaller) display phone.
The V7 features a fingerprint sensor on the rear along with primary camera and branding. The rear panel is slightly curved towards the edges which made makes it easy to hold and carry around. To break the monotony, Vivo adds twin U-shaped, faux chrome antenna lines. At the bottom, it features an audio jack, speaker grill, and primary microphone. The SIM tray with a dedicated MicroSD slot is placed on left edge.
Overall, the Vivo V7, in my opinion, scores well on the aesthetics index.
Question: How is the Vivo V7 build quality?
Answer: The phone is predominantly made of polycarbonate which is given a premium metallic finish. Despite non-metal body, its in-hand feel is pretty solid. We noticed no flexes or creaks in the body.
Question: Is Vivo V7 Water resistant?
Answer: No, the device didn’t have any IPxx certification so it’s not water or dust resistant.
Question: Does the Vivo V7 with a back cover and tempered glass?
Answer: Yes, the V7 comes with pre-applied screen protector and bundles a back cover alongside USB cable, charger, and a pair of earphones.
Question: Does Vivo V7 have capacitive navigation buttons below the display? Are they backlit?
Answer: No, Vivo ditches physical buttons for on-screen navigation keys. You can also opt for iPhone X like sliding gesture instead.
Question: How is the Vivo V7 display?
Answer: In the V7, Vivo is using a FullView Display. It rocks a 5.7-inch IPS Display with 1440 X 720p HD+ resolution. The display wears 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3 protection on top. Ideally, we would have liked a full HD+ display, nonetheless, the slim bezels and wider color gamut and good contrast prevent it from being a deal breaker.
Question: Does Vivo V7 have the option to switch between color modes?
Answer – No, it doesn’t.
Question: Does the Vivo V7 have a Bluelight filter?
Answer: Yes, there is an option called ‘eye protection’ which basically eliminate blue-light to protect your eyes from harmful rays.
Question: Does Vivo V7 has the option for automatic brightness?
Answer: Yes, the automatic brightness is supported on the V7 and it works well. Outdoor visibility is great too.
Question: Does the Vivo V7 display has Gorilla glass protection?
Answer: Yes, the display is protected by scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 3.
Vivo V7 Performance and Storage
Question: How much internal storage space is free in Vivo V7?
Answer: Out of 32GB internal storage, around 23GB storage is available at the user end.
Question: Does Vivo V7 have a Hybrid dual SIM tray or a separate microSD card slot?
Answer: No, the Vivo V7 comes with dedicated microSD card slot.
Question: Does Vivo V7 has USB OTG support?
Answer: Yes, USB OTG is supported.
Question: Does Vivo V7 supports Face Unlock like iPhone X and OnePlus 5T?
Answer: Yes, The V7 does offer a face unlock feature and we have been successfully using it for some time now.
Question: Does Vivo V7 have a fingerprint sensor? How many fingerprints can you scan and store?
Answer: Apart from Face unlock, the V7 also features a fingerprint sensor which is present at the rear panel. A user can store up to 5 impressions.
Question: Does Vivo V7 support fingerprint sensor gestures?
Answer: Besides unlocking your phone and using it as a camera shutter, you can’t really do much with the V7 fingerprint sensor.
Question: Is the fingerprint sensor on the Vivo V7 fast and accurate? Is it always-on type?
Answer: The fingerprint sensor is extremely fast and accurate.
Question: How is the Vivo V7 performance on a day-to-day basis?
Answer: In terms of day to day performance, there is not much to complain in Vivo V7. So far, it runs smoothly without any hiccups. It is powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 450 chipset which is accompanied by 4GB RAM.
An average user shouldn’t have any performance complaints as it is competent enough to withstand casual gaming stress and constant social media apps running in the background. Having said that, the software is a bit aggressive with RAM management and apps running in the background, probably to conserve battery.
Question: How is the V7 gaming performance? Is there any gaming specific feature on offer?
Answer: We tested a number of games on the Vivo V7 including graphics intensive Asphalt 8 and Limbo and the gameplay was mostly smooth. At high settings, we did observe some frame drops, but games were very playable. At medium settings, gameplay was perfectly smooth. Vivo has added a new Game Mode that can be used to avoid interruptions while gaming.
Question: Is there any heating issues with the Vivo V7?
Answer: We didn’t notice any heating issues with the Vivo V7, the temperature remained well-balanced at all times.
Question: Does the Vivo V7 support Google cardboard and other VR Apps? Does the Vivo V7 have gyroscope sensor?
Answer: Gyroscope sensor is present on the phone. VR apps work fine.
Vivo V7 Benchmark Scores
|Geekbench single core, multi-core||23,200|
|3D Mark slingshot||440|
Vivo V7 Camera
Question: How is the Vivo V7 camera quality?
Answer: The Vivo V7 rear camera has a 16-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture and PDAF. Vivo has also added a software-powered Portrait Mode in the rear camera for Bokeh effect. In our limited testing, the Vivo V7 rear camera managed to capture decent clicks, in ideal photography conditions. Still, we require more testing to come to a final conclusion on the Vivo V7 camera.
Question: How is the selfie camera on the Vivo V7?
Answer: Up front, Vivo V7 has a 24MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture.It too comes with portrait mode, and there is also beautify options are on offer. Like Asus, Vivo has now also added Live Beautification for Videos.
In our preliminary testing, we found that the selfie camera quality has definitely improved. The details, colors, and contrast in self-portraits are very good, but the camera struggles with metering when there is a light source in the background.
Question: Can the Vivo V7 shoot 4K videos?
Answer: Yes. You can shoot 4K videos using the rear camera.
Question: Can you record slow-motion videos in Vivo V7?
Vivo V7 Software
Question: How is the software on the Vivo V7?
Answer: The Vivo V7 has a highly customized version of Android 7.1.2 Nougat (Funtouch OS 3.2). Like most Chinese ROMs, the Vivo V7 draws inspiration from Apple’s iOS be it icons or quick settings. What’s really work in its favour though are the vast number of options and features it offers. Be it a double tap to wake, custom call recording, smart gestures, or face unlock it offers most of the features one could expect or would need.
The UI transitions are smooth and using gesture for navigation adds little more spice to the user experience. There are a few pre-installed apps on the phone, but you can uninstall most of them.
Question: Does Vivo V7 have one hand mode or gesture support?
Answer: Yes. It does.
Question: Can you run dual apps or two apps with the same account in Vivo V7?
Answer: Yes. The option is present for selective apps only.
Question: Will the Vivo V7 receive Android 8.0 Oreo update?
Answer: Officially Vivo is yet to comment on the Vivo V7 getting Android Oreo. Going by the history, it is highly unlikely to receive Android Oreo updates anytime soon.
Question: What kind of SIM cards does the Vivo V7 support?
Answer: It supports nano-SIM card on both slots. The both SIM cards have a dedicated slot.
Question: Does the Vivo V7 support FM radio?
Answer: Yes, FM Radio is present on the phone.
Question: Does the Vivo V7 have IR blaster?
Answer: No, it does not.
Question: Does the Vivo V7 features a LED Notification light
Answer: Yes, it does.
Question: How is the call quality on the Vivo V7?
Answer: In our area, the V7 delivered good call reception as both parties were clearly audible to each other.
Question: Does the Vivo V7 support Reliance Jio SIM cards/ 4G VoLTE? Do both SIM slots support 4G VoLTE?
Answer: Yes, 4G VoLTE is supported on both SIM cards.
Question: Does Vivo V7 support native Jio Video calling or ViLTE?
Question: How is the Battery backup in Vivo V7?
Answer: The battery backup is very good. For us, the 3000mAh battery easily manage to deliver a day on average usage. Stand-by times is impressive. The OS is conscious of battery consumption and proactively kills ideal (and even background) apps to conserve battery. The in-box charger manages to tank it up quickly.
Question: What are the sensors present in the Vivo V7?
Answer: All major sensors are present on the phone including an accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, gravity, Linear acceleration, rotation vector, step counter, Orientation, tilt, Ambient light, proximity, and pedometer.
Question: How loud is the loudspeaker in Vivo V7?
Answer: The loudspeaker is very loud. You can also turn HiFi on for better audio output via headphones. The earphones bundled in the box are of average quality at best.
Vivo V7 Quick Review – Should you buy it?
The best thing about the Vivo V7 is its attractive and ergonomic design (full-view panel helps) and improved selfie camera. The software is feature rich and also includes iPhone X like face unlock and gestures. The Vivo V7 doesn’t falter in key areas where it matters and the overall experience we are getting is quite good. We will keep testing it further and will share more details in our full review.